Brackettville students plan on stage tribute

Winning play to honor fallen cast members

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BRACKETTVILLE, Texas - The cast and crew of Brackett High School's winning production of "Radium Girls," will stage the play in Brackettville as a tribute to castmates Madison and Marley Koontz, who were killed Saturday in a crash on Highway 90.

Their parents, an Air Force family stationed at Laughlin AFB in Del Rio, also died when a suspected drunk driver going the wrong way on Highway 90 slammed his big rig into their SUV.

Their 13-year-old son survived.

They were on their way back from San Antonio after the play won the first round of UIL one-act competitions.

Lisa Conoly, the school's drama teacher, said at first, the students wanted to go on to regionals.

However, Conoly said they later decided to stage the play for the community and the Koontz family.

Shelby Schuster, a junior and a castmate, said, "We're not going to replace them. They're irreplaceable."

Schuster said other actors will read their lines, which is often done in rehearsals.

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